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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TOS Crew: Exploramania- GyMathtics

Mel participated in this review with the TOS Homeschool Crew.

Math and exercising are probably in the same category for me: yuck!:)  Just keepin' it real....but they both still have to be done.  Last week, we tried something new for math, just for a day; we tried a new math/fitness DVD we had gotten for the Crew, Exploramania's GyMathtics.  At first, I was afraid this DVD would be really corny, but actually, it was really good.  Jacob, who doesn't always like my exercise videos, was skeptical at first too, but in the end, he told me that he loved it, which in my mama's mind, gives it a two thumbs up!

 The DVD stretches your mind as it also stretches your body and works your muscles.  It starts out with a Shape Stretches Warm Up.  Throughout this part, some of the concepts were for a more advanced age, covering some points of geometry, as it discussed different types of angles and shapes; the exercises actually went along with the different shapes. For example, Jacob would be using working out his arms with diagonal lines, as he stretched them out diagonally, in opposite directions, bringing them back together.  The next part was Counting Calisthenics.  This part was great for Jacob, as it covered whole numbers, the number line, counting by odd and even numbers, skip counting, place value, etc.  I noticed that it was teaching counting by 2's, 5's, 10's, etc.  It was great practice for him, as well as a great aerobic workout.  The third part of the video was called Pattern Power.  This section covered growing and repeating patterns, which Jacob could definitely use practice with, as parts of it kinda went along with addition problems.  The last part was the Well-Being Wind Down.  This part was a cool down for the body.  To see portions of the DVD, you can watch the following video:

This DVD is meant to help your young students, grades 2-5, learn about "math and healthy lifestyle concepts" all at the same time.  It's a great way to get some review or practice done, especially on those days when Jacob is squirmy and just needs to get up and move around.  It puts math into action, which is great for a kinesthetic or even a visual learner.  Honestly, I can see myself doing this video too.  So many exercise videos are so hard to follow, as the movements are so fast and hard to keep up with, especially if you have no rhythm or coordination, like myself.:)  This video seemed to be easy to follow; Jacob had no problems with it; it was great exercise, though!  I can definitely see us doing this together; Jacob kinda liked the idea.  He's not too hip on my Sweatin' to the Oldies video, even though I love it....:) 

This DVD is sold for $24.99 on Exploramania.  I would definitely recommend it to homeschooling parents, especially, as it can be a supplemental tool both for math studies and physical education.  "Exercise + Education + FUN = Exploracise."

For more reviews, visit the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog.

(Disclosure: This DVD was provided, free of charge, by Exploramania, in association with the TOS Homeschool Crew.)


Fairy Footprints November 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

This dvd looked like it was a lot of fun for the kids. What a great review.


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